The Athletes of the Week 4

Female Athletes of the Week
Eileen Moran, Princeton (Sr., Homer Glen, Ill.)
Olivia Abbate, Harvard (Soph., Old Bethpage, N.Y.)

In a pitched dual with rival Penn, Moran swept to victory in both the 100- (11.93) and 200-meter dashes (24.54). The victories and the displacing of a strong Quaker sprint team was key in the Tigers’ 85-77 team victory. Abbate had a huge personal best in the 100m hurdles in the Harvard-Yale dual, finishing in 14.04. That mark was wind aided (barely at +2.1), but sent a strong notice to Gabi Piper, Susan Scavone and Kyra Caldwell that the Outdoor Heps high hurdle field is getting even more crowded.

Female Rookies of the Week
Lauren Waterbury, Brown (Fr., St. Louis, Mo.)
Gabrielle Scott, Harvard (Fr., Irvine, Calif.)

Waterbury produced the League’s top 400m time at the Brown Invitational over the weekend, winning the event in 54.58. She was runner-up to Columbia’s Miata Morlu at Indoor Heps. Scott — also a scorer in the 400 at Indoor Heps — won both the 200- (24.71) and 400-meter dashes (55.46) as the Crimson won the annual HY meet in Cambridge.

Female Alums of the Week
Morgan Uceny, Cornell ’07 (Plymouth, Ind.)
Hilary Dionne, Dartmouth ’07 (Cumberland, R.I.)

Uceny won the BAA Road Mile for the second time in three years this weekend in Boston. Winning in 4:43.8, the No. 1 miler in the world according to Track & Field News became the first runner to win the event multiple times. Dionne finished 15th among all women at the Boston Marathon, finishing the 26.2 miles in 2:51:56. She was second among U.S. women. Now living in Boston, Dionne is a senior analyst for Zmags, a mobile and social commerce company.

Male Athlete of the Week
Tom Hopkins, Princeton (Soph., Haverford, Pa.)

The hard-charging sophomore erased one of the League’s oldest records at the Patriot Invitational at George Mason University on Saturday, circling the track in 46.23. That knocked Dick Edmunds’ 46.44 record for 400m out of the Orange and Black record book. Only three Ivy Leaguers have now run faster than Hopkins — Yale’s Wendell Mottley (1964), Columbia’s Erison Hurtault (2007) and Brown’s Trinity Gray (1998). Hopkins also anchored the Tigers’ 4×100-meter relay in Fairfax (41.34).

Male Rookies of the Week
Rutger Admirand, Cornell (Fr., Boonton Township, N.J.)
Stephen Mozia, Cornell (Fr., Hackensack, N.J.)

The Big Red had two outstanding freshmen this weekend at the Bison Outdoor Classic in Lewisburg, Pa. Admirand posted a 2012 Heps-best 1:49.60 in the 800-meter run to claim a position in an event that could prove pivotal at Outdoor Heps in a few weeks. It may take a sensational time just to make the final there. Meanwhile, Mozia had two Ivy No. 1s this weekend. His shot put mark of 18.67 meters (61-3) is now seventh all-time in the League behind the likes of Olympians Augie Wolf and Adam Nelson. Mozia also hurled the discus 52.39 meters (171-10) to take a close season lead over teammate Bob Belden. Final shout out to Columbia’s Daniel Everett, who ran 3:43.80 in the 1,500m at George Mason. Everett — who finished on the heels of a rejuvenated Alan Webb — is looking like a potential sub-four miler.

Male Alums of the Week
Ben True, Dartmouth ’08 (North Yarmouth, Maine)
Brendan Martin, Columbia ’11 (Smithtown, N.Y.)

True defended his championship in the fourth annual BAA 5k, which took place in Copley Square in association with Boston Marathon activities. True — who won in 13:41 — pulled away from Sam Chelanga for the win. The 23-year-old Martin — who led Columbia to the 2009 Heps cross country championship — finished 13th overall in Monday’s Boston Marathon (2:22:32), the fourth American to finish.

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